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Reflecting on the Past, Facing the Future

OU’s Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Symposium

April 8-10, 2021
University of Oklahoma, Norman
Greenwood District, Tulsa, Oklahoma

All Times CDT
Free and Open to the Public

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For more information about the participating writers, scholars, and artists, click here.

 

For additional information or for accommodations, please contact specialevents@ou.edu or (405) 325-1701.

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Thurman J. White Forum Building
1704 Asp Ave
OU Norman Campus

Attendance will be limited based on the university’s Covid-19 Phase III Return Plan. All of Thursday’s events will also be livestreamed on OU’s YouTube page.

NoonOpening Ceremony: Welcome by OU’s Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Coordinating Committee co-chair Karlos Hill, remarks by OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. and Vice President Belinda Higgs Hyppolite, plus additional remarks by Caroline Lowery, executive director of Oklahoma Humanities
1:00 p.m.“Imaging/Imagining the Tulsa Race Massacre in Art and Literature,” a panel discussion with contributors to the spring 2021 issue of World Literature Today, featuring Rilla Askew, Crystal Z Campbell, Marie Casimir, Ebony Iman Dallas, and Quraysh Ali Lansana, moderated by Daniel Simon (Centennial Coordinating Committee co-chair)
2:30 p.m.Panel presentations by students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, led by Professors Ray Claxton and Thomas Patten
3:30 p.m.A panel discussion with African/African American Studies majors moderated by Kalenda Eaton (professor and Centennial Coordinating Committee co-chair)

VIRTUAL EVENTS ON ZOOM FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS

10:05 a.m.Broadcast of the “I Dream of Greenwood” dance premiere, choreographed by Marie Casimir and J’aime Griffith (OU School of Dance), featuring a live talkback with Tracy K. Smith | Zoom link
Noon"Uncovering a Tragedy: The Tulsa Race Massacre" plenary talk by University of Michigan professor Scott Ellsworth (Physical Investigation Committee, City of Tulsa 1921 Graves Investigation), followed by audience Q&A | Zoom link
1:30 p.m.Panel on memorialization and the mass graves investigation with Phoebe Stubblefield (Forensic Anthropologist, University of Florida) and Brenda Alford (Public Oversight Committee, City of Tulsa 1921 Graves Investigation), moderated by Janet Ward (Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships), followed by Q&A | Zoom link
3:00 p.m."Black Wall Street 100" plenary talk by award-winning author Hannibal B. Johnson (Steering Committee, 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission), followed by audience Q&A | Zoom link
4:30 p.m."Life at the Crossroads: On Poetry, History, and the 21st Century" keynote talk by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Princeton University professor Tracy K. Smith, followed by audience Q&A | Zoom link
8:00 p.m.Second screening of the dance performance outdoors at The Depot in downtown Norman - RSVP required - Register here

Greenwood District in Tulsa

2:00 p.m.Tracy K. Smith’s virtual craft talk for OSU-Tulsa’s Center for Poets & Writers (separate registration required - sign up here)
5:00 p.m.Readings from the “Redreaming Dreamland” issue of WLT at Fulton Street Books featuring contributing writers and Greenwood Art Project artists (for more information, visit the Fulton Street website)

This program is funded in part by the Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Humanities (OH), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), with additional major funding from the University of Oklahoma’s Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of its sponsors. For a complete list of sponsors, click here.

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